Grandma’s English Toffee: Foodie Christmas Gift #2.

Foodie With Family Gift #2:  Grandma’s English Toffee   English Toffee.  In it’s simplest and most refined form it is the perfect marriage of butter, sugar and chocolate.  And my Grandma’s toffee is toffee at it’s best.  I’m not bragging.  I’m stating a fact.  The toffee itself has only two ingredients: butter and sugar.  She tops it [Read On]

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering [Read On]

Mind-blowing, good, clean fun.

We are having a wonderously wintery weather day.  The snow is blowing and it’s *brrrrrr* cold out there.  It’s enough to make you pull on the wool socks, a super thick sweat shirt, brew a cup of tea (or coffee or cocoa), and curl up with a good book.  Trouble is, there’s only so much [Read On]

Thor, the overheated rooster…

For those of you reading our blog who don’t live in Traverse City, Michigan, I’ve reprinted this week’s Foodie With Family column.  Enjoy!   No chicken recipes here But we sure do love our eggs     Last spring marked our first foray into the area of “keeping” animals. We have had a dog or [Read On]

Oeufs en Cocotte

Be sure to read all the way through to the bottom.  We’re doing another $50 gift card giveaway and the details are after the recipes…   Val and I were discussing food I know, what’s new, right? over the phone the other day.  We were talking about some of the requests we had during our [Read On]

Harry Potter Butter Beer

In today’s Record-Eagle column I ran the following recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup.   Vanilla Simple Syrup   Once you make this you’ll find all sorts of reasons to keep it handy. We put about 1 1/2 ounces in the bottom of a tall glass and top it off with cold plain seltzer for a [Read On]

Dabo Kolo

The boys and I are members of a homeschooling co-operative group in the area.  I peel the baby off of my leg, then teach a baking class to the teens, and assist in an “American Political System” class.  The boys take World Geography, Physical Education, Hands-on Science, International Cooking and Exploring the World through Art. [Read On]

Yooper Pasties

Okay.  Now those of my readers who are Yoopers (specifically) or Michiganders (generally)  will know exactly what I’m saying.  Those of you who don’t have kith or kin in either Michigan or Cornwall might need a little explanation.  The pasties of which I speak are pronounced ‘PASS- tees’.  The ones you’re probably thinking about are pronounced [Read On]